EurWORK European Observatory of Working Life

Transnational enterprise

The process of European economic integration has encouraged the growth of multi-national enterprises and groups that operate across national boundaries. Although the term ‘transnational enterprise’ is often used interchangeably with ‘multi-national companies’ (MNCs), it may more accurately describe MNCs with internationally integrated production/service systems and management structures. Some regulations are aimed specifically at MNCs and transnational enterprises, although they may not be referred to in this way. For example, the 1994 European Works Councils (EWC) Directive is concerned with the information and consultation of employees in Community-scale undertakings and groups.

See also: European Company; European Works Councils.

Please note: the European industrial relations dictionary is updated annually. If errors are brought to our attention, we will try to correct them.
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